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Dlish (Yorkville)

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / Posted on November 5, 2012

dlish yorkville torontoDlish (Yorkville) has been in its second Toronto location for just 2 weeks when I stop in. Owner Verge Manuel was seeking a spot that would complement the West Queen West location and opening up in the notoriously affluent neighbourhood was a natural move. "It was fitting to come into Yorkville where people's tastes are refined, and they demand the best."

The modern, minimalist interior is identical to that of the first location. Manuel wants the Dlish brand to be instantly recognizable and familiar, from the petite two-seater "cupcake bar" by the window, where you can unwind in-store with your cupcake(s), to the minimalistic shelves on one wall displaying Dlish's gift box options, to the bare, off-white walls. "People ask me whether I'm going to put up art on the walls, but I want the cupcakes to be the art," Manuel tells me.

dlish yorkville torontoAs with the original location, the only baked good available the cupcake, in 23 gourmet flavours, with only 9 available on any given day. Manuel believes that this not only allows his baking staff to focus their energies on executing the day's flavours flawlessly (beginning in the morning and often refreshed throughout the day), but also generates a sense of anticipation--cards laying out the weekly schedule are available, so you can put it up on the fridge and wait for "pumpkin" Wednesdays.

dlish yorkville torontoAlthough pretty, these are not the frou-frou cupcakes that have become so popular recently--something which Manuel cheekily terms, "bedazzling." Dlish is known for eschewing the idea that a cupcake's flavour comes from its frosting. Rather, the delectable apple caramel cupcake that I quickly devour tastes overwhelmingly of its promised flavours, thanks to a moist apple cake, caramel frosting, and lush caramel.

Likewise, the maple walnut's maple cake is neither too sweet, nor too decadent, and its cream cheese frosting suffers only for being studded with just one small piece of walnut. They use Belgian or French chocolate, Madagascar vanilla, farm-fresh dairy, natural zests, and no artificial flavourings, preservatives, or hydrogenated oils whatsoever. Finishings such as their white vermicelli are made from French white chocolate rather than the candied, waxy sprinkles you might find elsewhere.

dlish yorkville torontoThe cupcakes are baked on-site and from-scratch, with each location having its own dedicated kitchen. There's also a small window behind the cash which, depending when you go in, might afford you a glimpse of Manuel's team of bakers hard at work. You're also likely to be suffused in the nostalgic smell of eggs, sugar, and chocolate doing something good in the back. The cupcakes are priced at $3 each, $17 for a box of 6 (with no tax), or $33 for a box of 12, and available as advance and online orders for either delivery or pick-up.

dlish yorkville torontoManuel studied pastry arts in Buenos Aires, and much of the inspiration for the business and its products came from his travels. He views cupcakes as "affordable luxuries;" an idea that was spawned on the streets of Argentina in its economic struggles. Even there, people took the time--and spent the money--to enjoy a good coffee or a fine pastry. Dlish (Yorkville) also sells freshly-brewed Belgian coffee ($1.85), hot chocolate ($2), and English tea ($1.85), as well as cold beverages--pops such as Coke and Sprite ($2) come in old-fashioned glass bottles. These are offered only for convenience; you'll get nary a squint if you come in with your own outside coffee.

dlish yorkville torontoManuel is hesitant to call Dlish even a fledgling chain, but he does admit that there are plans to expand further, and the popularity of cupcakes shows no sign of dying down. "We might even expand into other desserts," Manuel lets slip, but is then quick to clarify that they will still remain within the cupcake realm. Gives some credence to the idea of doing one thing, but doing it really, really well.

Discussion

31 Comments

pffft / November 5, 2012 at 02:35 pm
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more cupcakes?? wish them well
Carla / November 5, 2012 at 02:49 pm
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Perfect location for their gourmet cupcakes! They make the very best in the city. Wish them much success!
Anne / November 5, 2012 at 02:54 pm
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Their Red Velvet is absolutely divine.
Kyle / November 5, 2012 at 03:08 pm
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I am in love with the salted caramel and chocolate marshmallow. This could be dangerous, I live and work around the corner.
Cyril Sneer / November 5, 2012 at 03:44 pm
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I'm with the first poster. Cupcakes are still a thing? *sigh* Why can't we have a nice European bakery with fresh bread and croissants? Is that so hard to ask?
DM / November 5, 2012 at 04:01 pm
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To those who yawn at the opening of yet another cupcake store - trust me, D'Lish is AMAZING. Their cupcakes have the very best ingredients. Try the Red Velvet (which always sells out fast) or my fave, White (buttercream) on chocolate. Fantastic. Really.
DM replying to a comment from Anne / November 5, 2012 at 04:02 pm
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YES!
:( / November 5, 2012 at 04:02 pm
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If cupcakes didn't exist not even cupcakes would care.
Natasha Phanor / November 5, 2012 at 04:04 pm
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These are not just any cupcakes. I have searched far and wide because I find most cupcakes to be deceiving. They always look so amazing and when you bite into them they are one big disappointment after another, with icing that feels like plastic in your mouth and the cupcake being the wrong texture or not that great. But Dlish cupcakes reversed my opinion about cupcakes. You can taste the love put into the batter and icing for each cupcake. The texture is to die for and they are so fresh. I often plan my day around how I can pass by one of their stores so that I can get my cupcake fix. Keep up the amazing quality work!
Monica replying to a comment from Natasha Phanor / November 5, 2012 at 05:35 pm
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I totally agree Natasha. I found out about Dlish when they were featured in Air Canada's inflight magazine enRoute and have been a customer ever since. I have tried cupcakes in New York, London and Los Angeles, none compare to the quality and care of the cupcakes at Dlish.
Chococepe / November 5, 2012 at 05:36 pm
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Congrats on your new location!
Margaret / November 5, 2012 at 05:45 pm
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Ah, these look... delish. Is the top one pictured the apple caramel? I want it.

FYI there's a mistake in your link to the website... missing : after the https so it gave me an error message.
Sherie / November 5, 2012 at 06:04 pm
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I think I have tried every flavour they make and none have been a disappointment. My favourites are Salted Caramel and the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. They have really cool packaging with different message cards if you want to give cupcakes as a gift. Five Stars *****
Vickie / November 5, 2012 at 06:15 pm
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Too many cupcake shops? Then close all the rest down and let D Lish be all thats left because D Lish is the only cupcake store with cupcakes worth trying. They are amazing!
Janice / November 5, 2012 at 06:46 pm
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Not surprised by their success. Hands-down... Dlish has the best cupcakes in the city. When I first tried their cupcakes I knew they were going to be a huge hit. You can taste the richness and quality. I actually contacted the owner to inquire about franchising but he wasn't interested in making a quick buck, he actually cared about his product. I admired that. And yes, I'm still a loyal customer.
Xena / November 5, 2012 at 07:56 pm
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I hear Manuel is pretty good looking, can we have some pictures of management or staff on the web?
Welshgrrl / November 5, 2012 at 09:13 pm
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Have to agree with most everyone else here. I don't eat cupcakes very often, but if I do Dlish are the only ones worth eating.
Larissa / November 6, 2012 at 06:43 pm
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Visited them today and was really impressed with the selection. The Nutella flavor was jaw dropping good. The best cupcake ever. Gonna go back for the Strawberry.
TJ / November 7, 2012 at 09:06 am
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Haha. Hate to say this but isn't it funny how this location is in Yorkville and of course, the customer in the pic has $250 rubber Burberry rain boots?
Mel / November 7, 2012 at 11:56 am
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The only place in Toronto that sells amazing cupcakes is Dlish. Bought cupcakes for my wedding and everyone raved how good they were. Now open a shop in the beaches! Please!!
Tina / November 10, 2012 at 04:14 pm
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Good god the cupcakes are super delicious. I visited the shop on opening day and have been a regular ever since. Dlish is what other cupcake shops in the city aspire to be.
Tobi / November 10, 2012 at 05:36 pm
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I'm from Germany and spent this past summer in Canada. I had the chance to try the cupcakes at Dlish during a foodie tour and fell in love with them. In fact when I left for Frankfurt I bought a dozen cupcakes. I have fond memories of Canada and the cupcakes from Dlish. Dankeschoen!
Catherine / November 18, 2012 at 10:49 am
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Simply exquisite cupcakes. It's my delicious, weekly guilty pleasure.
Alicia / November 29, 2012 at 06:40 pm
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Visiting from Ottawa and was blown away by the texture of the Red Velvet. It was super moist yet light as a snowflake. I loved it.
NANCY / April 23, 2013 at 04:22 pm
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I tried Carrot cake and it just melted in my mouth, it was decadent.
Te felicito Manuel.
Katz / May 27, 2013 at 06:33 pm
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Concierge from Hyatt recommended I visit. Of my 3 days in Toronto I was there every day. The Salted Caramel and S'mores cupcakes were jaw dropping good!
Francis / June 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm
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I can't tell you how happy I was to have their cupcakes at my wedding. I ordered some in a individual box wrapped with a ribbon and it came with a wooden fork and knife. The presentation was beautiful and the cupcakes were fresh and delicious. I got so much compliments from my guests almost as much as I got on my wedding dress. Thank you for making my special day all the memorable.
Pria / June 26, 2013 at 09:48 pm
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If you only try one it MUST be red velvet. OMG!
Carlson / July 27, 2013 at 09:03 pm
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You are warned - their cupcakes are so addictive. I tried the chocolate with sprinkles from France and caramel with sea salt, I've been dreaming of these cupcakes since.
Carina / September 16, 2013 at 09:31 pm
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Tried a carrot cupcake with cream cheese icing it was so fresh it melted in my mouth. My new fav place when craving something sweet.
Henry / July 24, 2014 at 01:20 pm
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Not into cakes or cupcakes but my partner bought me a couple and I was pleasantly surprised a cupcake could taste that good.

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